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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

Peter’s Chains fall off

Richard Crashaw (c. 1613–1649)

‘The chains spontaneously fell from Peter, and the (prison) doors opened.’—ACTS XII. 7–10.

IRON forgets ’tis iron;

the chains dissemble too;

Nor has the prison, doors

for Peter now.

Free truly is that pris’ner

who by the prison’s freed,

Whom chains themselves unbind,

free is indeed.